November 08, 2007
RubyConf 2008 Suggestions
Overall, I had a great time at my first RubyConf. I found myself complaining about a few things so I figured I should at least attempt to offer some constructive criticism, rather than just whining. :) Below are some ideas for RubyConf 2008.
- Enlarge the individual’s name on the name tags. This year the logo and design was huge and the person’s name almost disappeared. Everyone knows we are at RubyConf, but we don’t know everyone’s names. Make names huge and easy to read, you know, so stalking is a bit easier. The 40px square avatars that people use on twitter aren’t enough to recognize them at a conference.
- Good wifi. Is this not possible? Can we not pair with a university or something to get sweet conference room setups and good wifi. Hotels and conference centers may be able to handle the interweb load of some suit on a blackberry but not a geek installing a gem that a presenter is talking about or checking out some code to hack on.
- Start at no earlier than 10. The best part about any conference is meeting all the people. When the talks and keynotes go until 8 or 9 at night that only leaves the nightlife as a time to meet-up. This leads to some late nights and makes it pretty hard to function at 8 or 9AM (not that I function well at that hour anyway).
- Less talks per day. I would say four or five talks is plenty for a day. The sessions start talk. Use them as that, not as a full day of education. Use the sessions to get everyone primed to fight over interpreters at the bar later. I found myself a bit “talked” out by afternoon of day 2. Or maybe weight the number of talks by day? Day 1 has 7 or 8, day 2 has 4 or 5 and day 3 has 2 or 3.
- Don’t get any bigger. RubyConf was much easier to meet people than RailsConf. I think this is largely due to the fact that RailsConf is 3x as large. Stay small RubyConf, stay small.
Those are my suggestions. Anyone else agree or disagree with any of my points? Have some other constructive suggestions?